The Song Of Moses 2

When we think of Old Testament prophets, Moses isn’t one that immediately springs to mind. But Moses was a prophet and he made many profound prophecies about the last days, some of which can be read on this post: 2nd Exodus: The Covenant Curses.

On my last blog post The Song of Moses 1 we read how Yahweh instructed Moses to teach all the people The Song of Moses on the day of his death. In Deuteronomy 31: 16-30 Yahweh declared that this song would be unforgettable for all their descendants, and when they acted corruptly in the last days it would testify against them.

In this post, I will show how Jesus and the Apostles used The Song of Moses to warn the unbelieving Jews of the judgments that were to come on them. They had no excuse as they knew the 5 books of Torah so well. They knew exactly what the penalties were for disobeying the Mosaic Covenant.


Actions Have Consequences

Moses assembled the people together outside the Tabernacle and he began to teach them the hymn which was also a Covenant Lawsuit.

Moses firstly called on Heaven and Earth to act as witnesses against Israel as they and their descendants had been given the choice to accept life or death. They had a choice to either obey the law and reap its blessings or disobey the law and reap its curses. Consequently, Yahweh would be faithful, just, and upright in holding them accountable for their own choices and would judge them accordingly.

The Song Of Moses

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
ascribe greatness to our God!

In verse 4 Yahweh is depicted as The Rock. That figurative language portrayed that He was firm and strong and could be depended upon to keep His side of the Covenant.

The Song of Moses continues:

4 “The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and upright is he.

  • But could Israel keep their side of the Covenant in this prophetic covenantal lawsuit?

Allegations Against Israel Are Made

The song declared that Yahweh was true, faithful, righteous, just, and upright. Unlike Israel who did not act like His children but was a corrupt, lawless, blemished, crooked and twisted generation.

The Song of Moses continues:

5 They have dealt corruptly with him;
they are no longer his children because they are blemished;
they are a crooked and twisted generation.

They are corrupt

Verse 5 is prophetic as the Jewish nation would act very corruptly throughout its generations as it killed many of its prophets (see my post From the Blood of Abel to Zechariah). However, its most corrupt act would be from its last generation who rejected and killed their Messiah.

Twisted

When Jesus spoke these words to the crowd in Matthew 17:17 I have no doubt that He was thinking of the Song of Moses: And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? 

Blemished

  • What did being blemished mean to a Jew?

The Jewish believers knew that blemished lambs were disqualified from being used as sacrifices in the temple. They knew that being unblemished as a believer meant that they were an acceptable living sacrifice to God.

The 1st Century church had been told to keep unblemished/blameless by the Apostles in  Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 5:27, Jude 1:24, Philippians 2:15, 1 Peter 1:19, and Colossians 1:22.

Crooked

Just look at what the Apostle Paul said:

that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, ~ 1 Phillipians 2:15.

As soon as the 1st-century believers would have heard this verse in Philippians they would immediately have known that Paul was contrasting them to unbelieving Jews in the Song of Moses. While those listening to Revelation would have thought back to the Song of Moses when they heard that only the 144,000 from Israel were declared to be blameless in Revelation 14: 1-5.


Israel Was Foolish And Senseless

  • Moses asks …Is this how you repay Yahweh … Is He not your father?

Jesus had referred to the leaders of Israel as being foolish in his parables and He even addressed the Pharisees as You blind fools!  He demonstrated that fact so often in the gospels and especially in the Parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders when He started the parable with these words …Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man… The wise builder built his house upon The Rock. In contrast, the foolish builder built his house on the sand which was washed away when the storm came.

Likewise in the parable of the 10 virgins, the five foolish virgins represented unbelieving Jews, and five wise virgins represented the 144,000 believing remnant. Only the wise ones would celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19.

The Song of Moses continues:

6 Do you thus repay the Lord,
you foolish and senseless people?
Is not he your father, who created you,
who made you and established you?

Therefore the people were condemned as being fools in contrast to Yahweh’s faithfulness.


Yahweh’s Goodness Throughout History

Moses then told the people to remember, to consider, and to ask their elders about the origin of their nation. They were not to forget their past. Future generations were not to forget how Yahweh sustained them in the past.

The Song of Moses continues:

7 Remember the days of old;
consider the years of many generations;
ask your father, and he will show you,
your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,
when he divided mankind,
he fixed the borders of the peoples
according to the number of the sons of God.
9 But the Lord’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.

This is exactly what the Apostle Paul was doing in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 when he reminded the Jewish believers about the evil their ancestors did.

For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them, God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now, these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Now, these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. ~ 1 Corinthians 10: 4-6,11

The older Exodus generation failed to enter the Promised Land because of unbelief and rebellion. Paul did not want the Jewish believers to fall away into unbelief and not be allowed to enter The Heavenly New Jerusalem.


Yahweh Graciously Provided For His People

Moses reminded the people of how Yahweh lovingly cared for and nourished His people in the wilderness during the 1st exodus using the poetic language of a mother bird looking after her young.

Jesus used the similar figurative language of a mother bird caring for her young too, only He was condemning the Pharisees in Matthew 23:29-39 for killing the prophets. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

The Song of Moses continues:

10 “He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

Yahweh had led Israel out of Egypt without the help of any other god and guided her on the journey. He gave Israel the best of everything … Israel had no excuse for disobeying the covenant.

The Song of Moses continues:

12 the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
14 Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
with fat of lambs,
rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.

The remnant of Jewish believers who lived in Babylon/Jerusalem would also remember how Yahweh sustained their ancestors when they fled to the wilderness so that they would not receive Jerusalem’s plagues as seen in Revelation 12: 14 and Revelation 18: 4-5. Through the Great Commission, Jesus, the greater Moses was leading the Jews out of corrupt Old Covenant Judaism to the Heavenly New Jerusalem, i.e The 2nd Exodus.


In conclusion from the small section of the Song that we’ve gone through so far, we can see from Israel’s true character that most of them were not the Children of God despite their genealogy.

So far Israel has been accused of being corrupt, perverse, crooked, unwise, and foolish. Character traits that Jesus constantly accused the leaders of Israel of being throughout the gospels. Israel was going to be judged and this prophetic Song of Moses lawsuit was going to testify against her. You can read the next post in this series here.

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